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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quit your whining you wussy American




I have little patience with "reality" TV. Back when it first started, it wasn't so bad because the contestants weren't all hard bodied fame whores.  Now, that's pretty much all you see.   I liked the first season of Survivor. Who doesn't remember naked Richard Hatch?  Truck driver Sue or "Aw, hell, I don't know" Rudy? I loved Rudy. I was really pulling for him to win, but alas, it was not to be. Now reality shows are populated with people who would make me run screaming the other direction if I had to engage in a conversation with most of them for more than 2 minutes.  Plus, I really hate the people who have been away from their families for like 2 days and boohoo about how hard it is and how they don't think they can take it.  Seriously?  Talk to a military family and see what you have to boohoo about.  Gah!
One show I generally don't mind though is The Amazing Race. Indy is a HUGE fan, so even though many of the contestants annoy me, we watch it. Plus, I loves me some Phil Keoghan.  That's him at the top in case you didn't know.  Maybe it's the Kiwi accent or how he occasionally (but subtly) tells contestants they're morons.
We get the episodes 2 days after they air in the States, so the most recent one was where the contestants had to go from China to Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta), India. Before they left China they had to drink a cup of tea and then once in Kolkata they had to find that same type of tea from about 300-400 of cups set out before them. Indy and James Bond both said I would own that challenge. I love hot tea and am very particular. I often drink tea like I drink wine (picking out different flavors in the tea). Anyhoodle, I got very, very, very annoyed at many of the people in said tea challenge. The whining and moaning! OMG! I can't tell you how many times I yelled "IT'S JUST TEA!" at the TV. Several of the contestants went on and on about how this was the "hardest thing" they'd ever done. REALLY? THE HARDEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE?  Are you freaking kidding me?  I wondered what the Indian attendants working the challenge thought of this.  If it were me, I'd have had a really hard time not rolling my eyes.  I know one of them had to be thinking: THIS is the hardest thing you've ever done?  I live in INDIA.  Did you SEE Slumdog Millionaire, you spoiled American?  Did you see the swell of humanity just outside this building?  Drink your damn tea and get out of my country.  I'm really sympathetic like that though.
Are you a reality TV fan?  Do you think it makes Americans look like complete idiots?  FTR, I would LOVE to go on The Amazing Race, but James Bond and I would probably kill each other. 


10 comments:

Raven said...

I absolutely cannot stand reality tv. It is the 4th horseman of the Apocalypse. Seriously. I loathe it.

Domestic Diva In-Training said...

I agree with you about how Americans tend to whine about how the stupidest thing is ruining their lives or is so hard. It drives me crazy. The only "reality" tv I watch are the music related shows like Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, etc.

As for tasting tea being the Hardest thing ever that totally made me laugh. I am also a tea junkie, stocking a large variety of loose leaf teas at all times (Currently I am drinking a nice cup of Burbon Street Vanilla Roobois)So a tea drinking challenge would be amazing to me.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Hee hee I watched it too but did feel for the slow players who had to drink like 200 cups. Porta potty anyone?

The time has come that I must announce I will be letting my RWW readers down. Due to Sweet Boy's school schedule I will be getting up at 2am to watch the wedding and then leaving the house at 5am to get on a plane to France. I will be gone for two weeks and as I don't have a laptop will not be blogging.

Let me know if there is anything in your store you would like featured.

Amanda said...

My favorite is when a character on 'Random Pathetic Reality Show' likens their experiences to a war zone in Afghanistan...I've heard that one more than once and it makes me want to throw my coffee cup at the tv. How 'bout we stick you in an ACTUAL war zone and you can see for yourself how similar it is to your mani/pedi gone wrong!

Thanks for once again making me laugh!
Amanda

Toni said...

Reality TV irritates me for much of the same reasons. People are dumb! Haha. Actually, I've never seen The Amazing Race.

I know people who watch nothing BUT Reality TV . . . I have NO idea how they do it! I would lose my mind!

Captain Cleavage said...

Sadly...I love reality tv...the worse the better...16 & pregnant, Teen Mom,teen Mom 2Jersy Shore...yup all of them...I know it's terrible!

And yes I think reality tv makes americans look HORRIBLE! lol

Captain Dumbass said...

I love TV but I can't watch reality TV without feeling homicidal. I saw the ad for that episode with the tea and hoped that they were just playing it up to make the show better. You're crying because you can't pick out a cup of tea. How bout for a really amazing race we just leave you here in the middle of India without the film crew, extras and CBS's legal department looking after you. Bet that would be pretty amazing.

GUAMtastic said...

I hear ya sister!!!!!

AmyLK said...

I hate reality shows and avoid them like the plague. I would have loved to try all the differnt teas there! What an experience!

Anonymous said...

Dear MIHH,

I LOVE your blog. It is my FAVORITE! I've read your blog for a very long time and love that you love the English language and know how to use it. Knowing how much you love it, I will just mention that there is an error in "their morons". As you know, it should be "they're morons". Your editor must have been asleep at the wheel (or having a contraction). Love ya!

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